The Palace of the Countess of Lebrija or Palace of Lebrija, dates from the sixteenth century. It is located in one of the busiest streets of Seville, in the heart of the city, in one of the most famous streets of Seville such as Cuna Street, parallel to Sierpes Street.
History and attractions of the palace
The history of the Palace of the Countess of Lebrija begins in the fifteenth century, with the construction of a house with its own style of the time. It belonged to the Paiba family, then passed to the Counts of Corbos and the Counts of Miraflores and it was in 1901 that it became Regla Manjón Mergelina (Countess of Lebrija).
It was remodeled and expanded in the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, to house the valuable collection of antiquities. The remodeling of this Palace was in charge of the architect José Sáez y López, who had a great passion for archeology which led him to place in his decorative design pieces that were taken from his property and collectors' works that were acquired at merchants of the time.
The palace of Lebrija is considered as a Renaissance and architectural work, for the works and construction that houses both inside and outside. In 1999, the descendants of the Countess decided that it was necessary to open the doors of the palace and turn it into a museum. Since it is worth visiting and observing the careful architectural work it has and its antiquities.
The palace museum
The Lebrija Palace Museum has been open to the public since 1999. It was made with the most meticulous care that goes from the main patio with its wooden roofing, its golden iron grille and polychromed with Roman mosaic floor.
The visit to the Lebrija Palace can be done guided or freely, the guided tour is of choice on the ground floor that is the one that contains the museum, but in the intermediate or superior part it is obligatory, in this area you will find family stays.
Among the works that can be found in the palace are Greco-Roman busts and mythological representations, Chinese and Persian, which are exhibited on the walls and some in display cases, between the showcases you can also get the glyptic collection found in Itálica.
You can also see well curbs, columns, amphoras and Arab and Roman sculptures. Added to this are also pictorial works in which Van Dyck belonging to Bruegel the Elder stand out, as well as some pictures of Murillo's school.
The rooms in the upper part of the palace are kept as they were when the Countess of Lebrija lived, and she has a library of over 4000 copies, which gives her an incalculable value.
Visit to the palace of the Countess of Lebrija
The Palace of Lebrija has 2,500 m2, which is distributed on both floors, the ground floor and the upper floor.
During the visit to the Palace of Lebrija you can find several rooms and patios on the ground floor, where the museum of archaeological remains and collections is located, in the upper part you can see how the countess of Lebrija lived, on this floor they are the objects that the Countess acquired in her travels, her library with thousands of copies.
During the life of the Countess and her descendants (the last count who died in 1999), they lived in the house during the summer in the lower part, for their different spaces and patios and during the winter they preferred the security and the recollection of the Upper part of the Palace.
The part of the house that gives it one of the most outstanding spaces of the Palace is the Opus Sectile, which is a composite of Roman polychrome marble from which paving is made; Added to this is the tile collection of the entire house with an antiquity of the sixteenth century.
The Roman mosaics that are said to belong to the 2nd and 3rd century are archaeological remains that appeared on the lands of the Countess. It has the presence in its central courtyard of history of the mythology of God Pan and the love adventures of Zeus, as well as the seasons of the year can be observed in each corner.
Price of the entrance to the palace of the Countess of Lebrija
The visit price of the Palace of Lebrija varies according to the season and how to acquire it, since discounts can be obtained on the web pages of the Lebrija Palace. There are two ways to visit the Palace:
Ground floor 6.00 €
Upper floor 9.00 €
Visiting hours of the palace of the Countess of Lebrija
Visiting hours for the Palace of Lebrija have great possibilities of being able to visit it, since it runs from Monday to Saturday.
The schedule on weekdays; Monday to Friday is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Sundays the Palace is closed.